Dark Sky Day Trip
Distance from Toronto
About this Trip
We’ll start with a dusk hike through the beautiful wetlands of Torrance Barrens, the world’s first dark-sky preserve, and watch the sunset. As the light fades we’ll settle down for a delicious dinner and hot drink as we watch the night sky light up in front of our eyes.
When is Best to Go?
March - May & July - November
From ~2 hours before sunset until the sky is nice and dark (up to 6 hours)
What's Included | What to Bring
+ private professional guide
+ safety and first aid equipment
+ hot dinner
+ hot drink
What to Bring
+ 2-3L of water per person
+ wear closed-toe shoes
+ warm athletic clothing (we'll be out at night)
+ cushion or blanket to sit on
About Torrance Barrens – Torrance Barrens is a spectacular conservation area just outside the town of Gravenhurst and a two hour drive from the city of Toronto. Torrance Barrens is filled with low ridges of bedrock, separated by wetlands, ponds and peat-hollows. The combination of low vegetation, flat topography and lack of light pollution make Torrance Barrens a perfect place for viewing the night skies and, in 1999, the Ontario government officially designated the area as a “Dark-Sky Preserve.” On a clear night you can see the Andromeda Galaxy, the rings of Saturn and even, if you’re really lucky, the Northern Lights!
All Dark Sky programs are led by experienced outdoor guides with appropriate first aid training and certification. Each guide also brings his/her own unique dark-sky knowledge whether it's astronomy, nighttime photography or other related areas!